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Field Trial Report

Region 2 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Lloyd Miller | Nov 29, 2017
Championship Winners. From front left: Little Girl Creek with Joe Lordi and Barcelona Bull with Ernie Saniga and Mike Tracy. Standing: Joe Luisi and Tom Tracy, the judges; Karen Saniga, Alene LeVasseur, Paul Verdarosa, John Campoli, Susan Campoli, Greg Strausbaugh, Doug Ramseur, Hunter Wilcox and Robert Verdarosa.

Lacey Township, N. J. — The English Setter Club of America hosted the Region 2 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship at the Greenwood Wildlife Management Area in Lacey Township, N. J., October 21-23. It concluded midday on Monday.

The Championship drew a large field of 33 top shooting dogs. We used a continuous course using the grounds outer counter clockwise south loop and the inner counter clockwise north loop and used a dog truck to pick up and drop down each brace. The course was groomed nicely by the state with excellent cover to test a dog’s desire to find birds.

Tom Tracy of Lebanon, Conn., and Joe Luisi of Vernon Hill, Va., served in the judicial saddle. These gentlemen are well known on a local level and nationally. Their decisions were well received and we very much appreciate the time they shared with us.

The Region 2 field trial committee was chaired by Dr. Hunter Wilcox and supported by numerous members of the English Setter Club. Hunter did much of the work: handling the drawing, the bird planting and even towing our new portable clubhouse trailer on its maiden voyage to Greenwood. With this in place we had a great barbecue dinner on Saturday night. We thank him and Louise for their efforts. We also thank club president Joe Cincotta for cooking up the delicious barbecued chicken and shish kabobs which made Saturday night a success. Also, we thank Muriel Primm for supplying lunch for the judges and everyone else who brought food and did other little things to make this event a memorable occasion.

Again this year our friends from Nestlé Purina supported this event and their commitment to the bird dog community is very much appreciated!


Barcelona Bull, white and liver pointer male owned by Ernie and Karen Saniga of Nottingham, Pa., emerged as the winner.  Bull ran in the 15th brace, first one on Monday morning. He scored five real nice finds, a back of bracemate, and suffered one unproductive. His race was strong and forward staying in touch with handler throughout.

Runner-up was Little Girl Creek, white and liver pointer female also owned by the Sanigas. Both dogs were handled by Ernie. Creek ran in the sixth brace on Saturday afternoon. She set the standard to beat after a smooth performance of hunting these piney woods and grassy covered fields. She had a really good run and came up with five real polished quail finds.

Closest to the winners was Shadow Oak Doc, setter male owned and handled by Brian Sanchez of New York. He ran in the third brace on Saturday morning and did a real nice job with five finds and one unproductive in his hour. He had a nice wide-ranging hunting race.

Others that did well, but in no particular order: Waycross, Irish setter male handled by Dr. Roger Boser, competed in the second brace and had a good five-find performance. Waybetter Rocky, pointer male handled by Carl Bishop, scored well in the fourth brace with two good finds in the last half hour to gain some attention. Fluid Drive, down in the seventh brace for Sal Morelli, had a decent run. His find on the sand wash road where a covey tried to escape into the swamp there was real nice.

Ravenwood Gemstone (10th brace), pointer female under the handle of Joe Cincotta, had a good effort. She had three very stylish and mannerly finds and one unproductive. Gem’s find in sand road, just south of what we call Hollywood and Vine, was most impressive with a nice and accurate relocation on a running bird. In the 17th brace,

Desiree, pointer female for Dr. Hunter Wilcox, was having a really nice run in the last brace with two quail finds but suffered a second unproductive to end a good championship.

Many others made some good efforts but the course or the wily birds won this day. Their efforts ended on a second unproductive or from being lost by making a wrong turn on this challenging course. We thank all those who came and we hope to see you again.

Lacey Township, N. J., October 21 — One Course

Judges: Joe Luisi and Tom Tracy


[One-Hour Heats] — 33 Entries

Winner—BARCELONA BULL, 1610854, pointer male, by Bulltown—Sage Valley Betty. Ernie & Karen Saniga, owners; Ernie Saniga, handler.

Runner-Up—LITTLE GIRL CREEK, 1649540, pointer female, by Our Big Bully—Little Wing Silver Belle. Ernie & Karen Saniga, owenrs; Ernie Saniga, handler.

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